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Phoenix Rising LP - Rovo and System 7

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Phoenix Rising is the exciting and innovative rock/dance collaboration between Japanese psychedelic progressive jam-band ROVO and UK ambient techno pioneers System 7. Seamlessly morphing from techno beats to live drums, the LP is a rich and sophisticated blend of electronics and completely live playing , made possible by the skilled musicianship of eight players.

Rovo are a completely original progressive spacerock jam band from Japan, featuring two drummers like the Grateful Dead. Ambient techno original Orb collaborators System 7 delve into their live psychedelic rock past and profound influences like Jimi Hendrix. Together Rovo and System 7 produce an exciting intense and futuristic sound that morphs effortlessly between tech-house beats and totally live playing, also touching post-rock textures of groups like Sigur Ros. With extended live solos from Rovo’s Yuji Katsui and Seiichi Yamamoto and of course from Steve Hillage, the Phoenix Rising builds to a stunning climax midway with the track “Cisco” that reveals a strong influence of seminal German bands like Can. One of the highlights is a brilliant live version of the Mahavishnu Orchestra’s “Meeting of the Spirits”, featuring the blend of Steve Hillage’s guitar and Yuji Katsui’s electric violin.

“This is a remarkable album: it bridges the gap between Hillage’s ’70s output and System 7 stuff amazingly well and Rovo are exceptional musicians that make this just a perfect whole. I look forward to seeing this album played live next year as I can imagine just how good its going to sound” (Gary Parsons – freq .org .uk)

“An album right up there with the best of Hillage’s work.. a rare trip of a record” (Prog Magazine)

“..simply stunning at times. If you have a decent sound system and a love of progressive rock with Ibiza-ish dance pretensions, dive right on in.” (Sunday Express)

“shows why Steve Hillage was so deserving of the ‘Visionary’ award bestowed on him at the recent Progressive Music Awards” (jonb52)

“Hillage isn’t so much a space warrior on the edge of time as an unrepentant psychedelic modernist who’s moved with the times” (Get Ready to Rock)

Track Listings:
    1. Hinotori (Album Version) 12:05
    2. Love for the Phoenix 09:43
    3. Meeting of the Spirits 07:30
    4. Cisco (Phoenix Rising Version) 13:45
    5. Unbroken 07:39
    6. Sino Dub (Phoenix Rising Version) 13:38
    7. Unseen Onsen 07:22
Artist Name(s):
System 7: Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy
ROVO: Seiichi Yamamoto, Yuji Katsui, Tatsuki Masuko, Yasuhiro Yoshigaki, Jin Harada, Youichi Okabe
Steve Hillage and ROVO
Release Year: 2013
Ambient, Industrial, Synth-Pop
Album Type:
Live, Studio
Digital / Download, LP 33 1/3
Cover & Packge Design:
Koji Morimoto, Andrew Debens
Studio Name:
Recorded at Green Bird Studio, Tokyo - System 7 Programming and Overdubs at A-Wave Studio, London Mixed at Float, Tokyo
Mastering: Tatsuki Masuko at Float, Tokyo
London, UK
Stage Three Music Publishing Ltd, sound of rain, Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp & Chinmoy Music
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